appealing design and cutting-edge technology open to all. Clever solutions to
make on-board life simpler and better. These values are written into the DNA of
the Fiat brand and the Panda 4x4 combines them with a distinctive personality of
its own and a desire to get away from it all.
The new car immediately conjures up a wish to travel in complete freedom, even
to places that are inaccessible to conventional vehicles.
Yet this does not detract in any way from the driving satisfaction the car
offers when navigating the narrow streets of a city centre. Altogether it is the
ideal car for customers who seek handling and exterior elegance in addition to
The Panda 4x4 may be experienced (and inhabited) as an out-and-out off-roader or
a fun car able to weave its way with ease in town traffic. This is, in essence,
a car with a dual personality that conveys an immediate impression of freshness
and fun backed by solidity and sturdiness. The whole package is also marked by a
touch of pizzazz and style that makes it definitely this year's model.
When deciding on the form the new car should take, the Fiat designers delved
into the great technical and design heritage Fiat has built up over the years
and applied skills only available to a company that has led the compact vehicle
market for more than seventy years.
With an eye on changing customer profiles within the sector and the good
potential growth prospects, Fiat came up with the Panda 4x4.
The new model is available with a lively, tried and tested 60 bhp 1.2 engine (44
kW) that will soon be joined by the revolutionary 70 bhp 1.3 multijet engine;
two specifications (Panda 4x4 and Panda 4x4 Climbing), two interior
specifications and 11 body-colours. On the one hand, therefore, the Panda 4x4
Climbing presents itself as a small, stylish off-roader able to tackle any
situation with an extra touch of sophistication inside and out, an ideal car for
extroverts on the move.
On the other hand, the range also offers a second specification (Panda 4x4) that
does not feature the stylish exterior features of the Climbing but is altogether
a more practical down-to-earth vehicle. Attributes include an extraordinary
ability to perform on off-road routes, a viscous coupling drive system and high
Both specifications share small dimensions (e.g. the Climbing version is 357 cm
long, 160 cm wide and 163 cm high) and great handling in addition to greater
height than the conventional model: the extra five centimetres make all the
difference by increasing the already outstanding visibility and allowing great
mastery of the road, even over difficult routes. The turning circle is also just
Not to mention the fact that the authentic off-road look makes for a minimum
ground clearance (standard A) of 165 millimetres for the Panda 4x4 Climbing (160
mm for the basic version). This impression is reinforced by certain exterior
features that also perform a specific off-road function: for example, the
bumpers (front and rear) come complete with protective shields while the side
strips are large and coordinate with special strips on the wings plus a guard
under the engine. Two different tyres are also available: the Climbing version
comes with 185/65-14 (M+S) tyres suitable for any type of application; the first
specification, on the other hand adopts 165/70-14 (M+S) tyres that are specially
reinforced with a tread designed for low grip surfaces.
Inside, the Panda 4x4 offers a distinctive and sophisticated interior that
benefits from special fabric trims offered in two colour matches: grey/red and
grey/yellow. The new 4x4 version also retains the big luggage capacity that has
always been one of the strengths of this model. With the one-piece split rear
seat folded down, the space increases from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 855
dm3 (measured to the roof). If the rear seat is split and also slides, the
figures are 230 dm3 (with the seat fully forward) and 780 dm3 respectively.
The Panda 4x4 is a car of huge personality that will be able to satisfy
customers with different needs and tastes, including the growing number of
drivers who seek adventure and an open-air life. The new version offers such
customers a permanent four wheel drive system with a viscous coupling and two
differentials that come into play automatically when required to tackle any
situation with ease. This extraordinary explorer is quite at home over rough and
difficult terrain, as borne out by the ramp angles in standard A.
Firstly, the front incidence angle, a measure of the maximum front angle that
may be undertaken by an off-road vehicle without the body touching the ground.
The second value is the 'rear' incidence angle, i.e. the maximum slope that can
be taken in reverse starting from a horizontal surface. The last one is the
slope angle, i.e. the maximum possible angle at the base of a triangular slope
(isosceles) if it is to be driven up without the bottom of the car touching the
ground. The Climbing specification of the new model records the following
values: 24° (front), 42° (rear) and 24° (slope), that become 26°, 44° and 23°
respectively for the 4x4 specification. The maximum climbable gradient is more
The 4x4 supermini boasts excellent driving comfort due to the tried and tested
suspension layout with specific settings. At the front, the suspension is
independent, MacPherson type with lower wishbones linked to a subframe and an
anti-roll bar connected to the shock absorber. The rear suspension is also
independent with longitudinal tie rods connected to a specific frame with
As already mentioned, two engines are available, both built to Euro-4 standards:
at the launch, customers will be able to buy the tried and tested 1.2 engine
that develops a maximum power of 60 bhp (44 kW) at 5000 rpm and a torque of 10.4
kgm (102 Nm) at 2500 rpm. In a few months, we will also see the revolutionary 70
bhp (51 kW) 1.3 Multijet engine with 4000 rpm and a torque of 14.8 kgm (145 Nm)
at 1500 rpm. A Panda 4x4 equipped with the first power unit accelerates from 0
to 100 km/h in 20 seconds and reaches a top speed of 145 km/h.
When fitted with the second-generation turbodiesel, on the other hand, the
results recorded are 16 seconds and 155 km/h respectively. After being the first
manufacturer to introduce Multijet power units to the mini segment, Fiat is
proud to announce that it is the first to make available this engineering asset
on 4x4 minis as well. The equipment package on this specific version is
complemented by a CONNECT Nav Plus infotelematic system, headlight washers and a
Dualdrive electric power steering system (the latter is standard over the
The new car has no equals when it comes to safety. Beginning with its
outstanding braking system: on versions equipped with the 1.2 Fire power unit,
all wheels are fitted with 240 mm diameter discs (the front ones are ventilated)
that rise to 257 mm on Multijet versions. The Panda 4x4 offers as standard ABS
with EBD complete with an antislip function during deceleration (MSR).
The 4x4 version is the icing on the cake of the Panda range. The model elected
'Car of the Year 2004' is the winner of six more prestigious international
prizes. This critical appreciation is confirmed by a runaway sales success;
suffice it to say that the Panda is the champion seller in its own market band.
The Panda 4x4 will go on sale from September in Italy and by the end of October
in the other European countries. Initially it will be equipped with the 1.2 Fire
unit but the revolutionary 1.3 Multijet will be added to the product range